Robotic hysterectomy - Hysterectomy is one of the most prevalent procedures in women’s health and by far the most common in non-pregnant women. It is for this reason, and the need to have a safe and effective surgery that has led to the widespread use of robotic surgery. A robotic hysterectomy may be performed for various types of cancers or for disorders that cause pain and bleeding.

Robotic hysterectomy surgery is already in use by hospitals with many patients embracing it. This minimally invasive surgery technique is recommended over vaginal hysterectomy as the latter does not allow adequate inspection of the abdomen and pelvis. The surgeon that performs the robotic hysterectomy is a specially trained gynecologist.

In theory, robotics can allow a surgeon to operate remotely, working with a console miles away. However, robotic hysterectomy is usually performed with surgeons being in the same room as the patient. One surgeon sits at the console while surgical assistants stand next to the patient.

If you are planning to have a hysterectomy, robotic assisted hysterectomy may help you recover and return to your daily activities faster than the traditional open hysterectomy. Dr. Simon Weiss and his world renowned team of advanced robotic gynecologic surgeons are highly skilled and very experienced at doing this type of surgery.

How it works

With the traditional hysterectomy, surgeons are challenged by a small working area and an imprecise view of the pelvic organs. Additionally, uterus obscurity and other medical conditions can make a vaginal approach difficult.

With robotic hysterectomy, however, the surgeon benefits from 3-D vision and a magnified view. The robotic instruments can move in several directions similar to a human wrist rather than just up and down.

During the robotic hysterectomy, a surgeon makes small slit incisions and inserts the arms of the robots through special ports placed on the patient’s abdomen. The surgeon operates the robots from a nearby console using hand controls and foot pedals. There is another practitioner who makes adjustments at the patient’s side.

Through the camera in one of the robots arms, the surgeon is able to see a magnified 3-D image of the uterus and other reproductive organs. The improved visual representation and precise movement of the robot’s arm allows the surgeon to operate in small places while avoiding injuries to important organs such as nerves and blood vessels.

The robots arm responds to the movement of the surgeon’s hands allowing them to maneuver a number of instruments in and around the uterus.

The surgeon may either remove the uterus through the vaginal opening, or when cancer is not involved, use a special instrument to reduce the uterus size and remove it through one of the ports.

Since the requirement of large abdominal incision is eliminated, there is less blood loss, less pain and fewer complications than the traditional method. The international Specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology offices in South Florida have one of the largest robotic surgery teams for women throughout Florida and for patients from around the world. They also use robotic surgery for a prolapsed bladder.

Robotic hysterectomy patients recover quickly and reduce their stay in hospitals. Many of the patients are even able to go home the first day after the surgery. Please call (954) 518-4100 or (954) 538-1300 for an appointment, or request an appointment online.

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